Man Attacks Girlfriend Over Suspected Affair ... With Mitt

Lowell Turpin spotted the 'unknown' man's photo on her Facebook wall

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2012 11:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Facebook has turned into quite the relationship buster, but this story out of Tennessee takes the cake: A man spotted a photo of an unknown gentleman on his girlfriend's Facebook page on July 22, and one word came to mind: affair! Lowell Turpin "angrily demanded to know who the male was," according to the local sheriff's department. And so she told him: Mitt Romney. Apparently, that wasn't enough to calm the 40-year-old.

He allegedly wrenched her laptop from her, bashed it into the wall, then punched her in the face. (Turpin was apparently angered by her "attempting to communicate with friends through her Facebook account," adds the sheriff's department.) He was charged with domestic assault, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. His live-in girlfriend told authorities he had been violent with her before.

Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann applaud as the USA team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.
Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann applaud as the USA team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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